White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures Ltd is a locally-rooted social enterprise developer. We transform difficult and derelict buildings into capped-rent homes and workspaces. We create affordable space for living, working, wellbeing, learning, leisure and community action.
Rock House, our first project is a showcase scheme blending living, working and community space for both local people and newcomers to Hastings. The space fosters creative enterprise, has generated jobs and self-employment, and is continually contributing to the changing image and reality of Hastings as a place to visit, live and work.
The Observer Building
Left rotting for the past 35 years, we bought the Observer Building in February 2019 and started full reconstruction works in May 2021. For more information on what our plans are, please see the OB Website.
We acquired Eagle House in March 2021 for many reasons – to stop it becoming vacant, to improve it from an eyesore to a building that contributes positively, and to develop some completely new town centre uses. These include an Open Living Room to relax, share, laugh and look out for each other and a co-living housing solution for people ready for independent living but wanting to be part of a supportive community. There are also some local businesses that comprise a mixture of services for community benefit such as the Library of Things, sustainability projects like Re-Weave and Aura Que who trades in ethically sourced products from Fairtrade producers in the fashion industry. The building is also home to the Hastings Commons organisations Heart of Hastings, Leisure & Learning and Jericho Road Solutions.
The Alley Pocket Park & Harpers Caves
The Pocket Park is built on land owned by WRNV and offers a little tranquillity at the end of The Alley. It was designed by Gary Baverstock and built by French N Dawson with help from Rock House residents Peter and Bob.
The Caves are a collection of 5 sandstone caves previously owned by John Harper which have been partly redeveloped including the stabilisation works to the cliffs above. We have plans to install electricity and new doors so they can be used by local businesses.
10 Claremont is a former taxi office which we have converted back to retail on the Ground Floor and studios in the basement. Cheese On Sea have opened up shop in the retail space and Tomorrow & Co Productions are in the studio.
Built in the late 1860s, this five-storey building displays architectural splendour and a rich occupant history. We will be starting redevelopment in late 2022 where we will be working with local partners Project Artworks on the Ground Floor to provide a gallery and workshop space for neuro diverse artists. The upper floors will provide short-term accommodation and work space.
We also work closely with other affiliated organisations in an experimental alliance, as part of an ‘ecosystem’ of connected buildings and tenants, whose growing portfolio further includes Rose Cottage and 39 Cambridge Road